Biometric security is all the rage with smartphone OEMs right now, whether consumers want it or not, and prolific manufacturer Samsung is of course always looking to the future.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 recently touched down with a fingerprint scanner, and now the notion of iris detection has raised its head again, with Samsung eying up the technology (pun intended) for phones both cheap and expensive.
That’s the story over on The Wall Street Journal, relaying fresh speech bubbles from the mouth of Samsung exec Rhee In-jong, a chap with thoroughly fantastic hair.
Back in January, lovely Lee Young Hee purred: “Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology. We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.”
Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S5 launched the following month without iris recognition, but it’s still very much on the radar.
Speaking to El WSJ yesterday, Rhee says: “We’re looking at various types of biometric [mechanisms] and one of things that everybody is looking at is iris detection.”
While we can probably count on one hand the number of consumers crying out for smartphone iris detection, it’s actually the enterprise market Samsung is thinking about here.
At present, only around 1.8 million of the 87 million Knox-enabled devices are taking advantage of the security service, and Samsung hopes iris detection will help boost those numbers in a market where BlackBerry remains popular.
Having said that, it sounds like biometric security will be adopted across the board, with Rhee suggesting that the technology will reach smartphones both high-end and low.